All after-school activities also are canceled as the lockdown enters its second day.
Limestone Community School. Credit: Melissa Lizotte / Aroostook Republican & News

A violent threat made against Limestone Community School last week remains under investigation as of Tuesday morning.

The Limestone school went into a soft lockdown on Jan. 3 after Principal Ben Lothrop learned of the threat around 10:30 a.m. Lothrop ordered an immediate soft lockdown, which locks all entrances and prohibits visitors but keeps classes in session.

The lockdown continued into Wednesday but was lifted the following day.

It was the latest threat against a Maine school after an active shooter hoax targeted schools across the state in November.

Lothrop did not share details of the threat.

Limestone’s interim police chief, Jesse Cormier, said the threat did not target a specific student or staff member, but did threaten violence toward the school. The threat appeared to have originated from multiple social media sources, he said.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol assisted.

Cormier said Tuesday that the investigation remained ongoing and that police did not have new information to report.

Limestone Police continue to check on the school during regular patrols, he noted.

In a Facebook post on Jan. 3, Lothrop thanked local and state police for their quick response.

“I know [the police presence] made our students and staff feel very safe,” Lothrop said in the post. “We even had an officer escort students to their home. It was amazing to see such a community effort.”

Lothrop said that teachers and staff have spoken to students about the police presence and that a social worker was available for any student who might be struggling with the situation.